Dr Trudi Ryan

Words for Change

I have worked in socio-environmental research, education and communication for over three decades and I am passionate about applying the science of communication to communication.


My approach to psychosocial communication and values-based messaging draws on evidence from cognitive science, evolutionary psychology, linguistics, sociology and marketing.


I work with people and organisations changing conversations across climate change, natural resource management, education, philanthropy, community connectedness, advocacy and more.




  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ecology) Deakin University 

  • Graduate Diploma (Marketing Communication) University of Canberra

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Environmental Management) Deakin University  

  • Accredited Editor (Institute of Professional Editors)


  • Winner: Victorian Community Action and Leadership Award 2019 (Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainability Awards).

  • Finalist: National Environmental Communication Award 2019 (Tidy Towns, Australia)

Recent professional development

  • Certified Values Coach Training (Discover your values network, US)

  • Words that Work Messaging Masterclass with Anat Shenker-Osorio (Centre for Australian Progress)

  • Journalism for Social Change (University of California, Berkeley)

  • Environmental Communication: Research to Practice (International Environmental Communication Association)

  • Digital Storytelling (Digital Storytellers)

Professional memberships​​

  • International Environmental Communication Association

  • Institute of Professional Editors (Australia)

  • Editors Victoria

Clients include:

  • Melbourne Water

  • Oxford University Press

  • IUCN - International Union for the Conservation of Nature

  • Pearson Publishing

  • CSIRO 

  • Into Our Hands Community Foundation

  • Finding Strengths - The Centre for Continuing Education and Department of Justice and Community Safety

  • Quercus: Beechworth Community Centre

  • Upper Murray Regional Neighbourhood House Network

  • Stockholm Resilience Centre

  • Regional Development Victoria

  • The Australian National University

  • Western Sydney University

  • La Trobe University

  • RMIT University

  • Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (SA)

  • Natural Resources Kangaroo Island

  • Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority

  • Land & Water Australia

  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority

  • Greening Australia

  • Sydney Coastal Councils Group

  • Winton Wetlands Committee of Management

  • Australian Resilience Centre

  • Resilience Planning Community of Practice

  • Transformation for resilient landscapes and communities partnership

  • Sustainable Cities Initiative

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